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U.K. Greenlit: “Official Secrets,” “Mrs. Lowry and Son,” BBC’s “Les Miserables,” + More Start Shooting by Next Month, Need Talent

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Official Secrets”After halting production in 2016 for unknown reasons, Raindog Films is again lining up to shoot their feature “Official Secrets.” The spy thriller is set in 2003 and centered on Katherine Gun, an officer at Gchq who leaked a crucial email in the lead-up to the Un’s vote on the Iraq war. The film previously had big names on board, including Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany, Harrison Ford, Martin Freeman, and Natalie Dormer as Gun. It was originally to be directed by Justin Chadwick, best known for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Tulip Fever” but has now switched to South African filmmaker Gavin Hood. Not much is known about any changes or additions cast,
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January 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Happy Death Day, Eye Of The Cat, Blade Runner 2049

Welcome back for another week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, readers! January 16th features plenty of intriguing offerings, from cult classics to sequels of cult classics to even a few recent films as well. If you happened to miss Blade Runner 2049, Happy Death Day, or The Snowman in theaters, all three are making their way home this Tuesday. Severin Films has put together The Amicus Collection (which features Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts and The Beast Must Die), and Scream Factory is giving Eye of the Cat the Blu-ray treatment as well.

Beyond Skyline is also coming to Blu on January 16th, and for all you Joe Dante fans out there, Shout Select has put together a Collector’s Edition release of Matinee that looks like it’s a must-have.

The Amicus Collection (Severin Films, Blu-ray)

Known as The Studio That Dripped Blood, the British film
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10 Things About The Shawshank Redemption You Never Knew

10 Things About The Shawshank Redemption You Never Knew
The Shawshank Redemption. It's one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made, forever linked to the already impressive filmographies of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Here we look at 10 things you never knew about The Shawshank Redemption.

It's not a biopic.

Ok, of course this is something you already knew about The Shawshank Redemption but as the movie was gearing up for production, this was actually very unclear. Frank Darabont had to shorten the movie's name from King's original title, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, after agents kept pitching actresses for the lead.

Stephen King licensed the story for a dollar.

Since 1976, the prolific author has offered the Dollar Baby deal. The Master of Horror will let aspiring filmmakers adapt his short stories for a single U.S. dollar. Contrary to how some have interpreted this, King still retains the rights to the stories. It's more of a license for noncommercial use.
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Sylvester Stallone teases The Expendables 4 return

Last April, it was announced that Sylvester Stallone had opted against a return as Barney Ross for The Expendables 4, exiting the all-star action franchise over creative differences with Millennium Films boss Avi Lerner.

Well, it seems that Sly may now have had a change of heart, with the star taking to Instagram to share an image of himself alongside co-stars Jason Statham and Randy Couture, complete with the caption: “Just when you thought it was safe to go outside…They’re coming back!”

The first three Expendables movies grossed over $800 million worldwide, and featured a who’s who of action stars including the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, Gary Daniels and Scott Adkins.

Let us know in the comments below if you’re
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The Week in Star Wars – More Solo: A Star Wars Story reshoots, The Force Awakens original ending, The Last Jedi passes $1.2 billion and more

Your weekend edition of The Week in Star Wars has the latest on those Solo reshoot rumours, the original ending for The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi’s box office performance and more…

Let’s kick things off with the latest rumours from the troubled Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film hit a nasty bump in the road last year when Lucasfilm announced they had fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with just a few weeks left of production, leading to the hiring of Ron Howard who has reportedly reshoot around 80% of the movie. A rumour at the tail end of last year said that Disney and Lucasfilm were braced for Solo: A Star Wars Story to bomb at the box office, and a new rumour from a Reddit poster named Hufflepuffins (who does have a track record of correct reports) is reporting that the movie is heading
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Sylvester Stallone Appears to Announce ‘The Expendables 4’ on Instagram

Sylvester Stallone Appears to Announce ‘The Expendables 4’ on Instagram
Sylvester Stallone won’t be directing “Creed 2” after all, but he may be stepping behind the camera once again for his newest franchise. The actor and filmmaker, who’s being investigated for a 1990 rape allegation, appears to have announced on Instagram that “The Expendables 4” is on the way.

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“Just when you thought it was safe to go outside…They’re coming back!” he wrote alongside the photo, which shows him, Jason Statham, and Randy Coutoure in character from a previous installment in the series. It’s far from the first time Stallone has hinted at such news on Instagram — he teased “Creed 2” several times last year — and his posts don’t always turn into actual projects.

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Stallone directed the first “Expendables” movie, which was released
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Watch: Stellar Shot-by-Shot Breakdown of the 'Raiders' Desert Chase

Looking for a bit of inspiration about how to make a timeless action scene? Watch this stellar shot-by-shot breakdown video of the "Desert Chase" scene from Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark, made by Greek editor / filmmaker Antonios Papantoniou. Papantoniou makes many of these shot-by-shot breakdowns, but this is one of the best videos for a truly iconic action scene. The chase occurs in Raiders roughly halfway through when the Nazis try to take off with the Ark, and Indy (Harrison Ford) goes after them. This is a very intense, detailed breakdown discussing literally every last aspect - the shots, lenses, movements, everything. Dang, after this video, I just want to watch all the Indiana Jones films in a back-to-back marathon. Classics. Thanks to Phil Szostak via Twitter for the tip on this. Video direct from Vimeo. Includes details about: The Type Of Shots, The Camera Angles, The Camera Movements,
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Sideshow’s Han Solo Stormtrooper Disguise Premium Format Star Wars figure available to pre-order

Sideshow has revealed its Premium Format Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise figure which is based on the likeness of Harrison Ford in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The collectible is available to pre-order now, priced at $550 and is expected to ship November – January; check it out here…

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From the iconic helmet to the striking white armor, these famous footsoldiers are known throughout the galaxy. Standing 18.5” tall atop a Death Star inspired base, the Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure is prepared to seek out rebel scum in your collection.

Wearing a screen-accurate suit of resin armor based on the Stormtrooper’s appearance in Episode IV: A New Hope, this polystone statue captures the lone trooper in a moment of pursuit, with blaster prepared to take down spies aboard the Death Star. The
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Expendables 4 Is Back on Track with Sylvester Stallone?

It looks like The Expendables 4 is back on track. Last year, Sylvester Stallone and franchise producer Avi Lerner ran into disagreements about the direction of the fourth, and supposedly final, movie in the action franchise. Since then, the project has been dead and didn't seem to be on a path to revival. However, Stallone has taken to social media to tease that Expendables 4 is still happening.

He didn't have much to share in the way of details, but Sylvester Stallone shared an teaser from the original Expendables on Instagram. In his caption, he made it pretty clear that the proposed fourth movie is going to happen. How it's going to happen or when it's going to happen remains to be seen, but here's the caption Sly provided.

"Just when you thought it was safe to go outside...They're coming back!"

Nu Image/Millennium have produced and financed The Expendables movies up to this point.
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Incredibly Cool Indiana Jones Trilogy Triptych Poster Art

Artist Enter Gabz has teamed up with Lucasfilm and Bottleneck Gallery to create an amazing triptych poster for George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones trilogy. Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade are all such great films and if you're a fan, this is a poster that you'll want to get your hands on.

The 36 x 24-inch regular version (above), is available now through 11:59pm Est Sunday and you can buy it here. The gallery will print as many as are sold and it will cost you $50. There’s also a variant edition (below) which was limited to 250 print and it's already sold out.

It's nice that they didn't force Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on there. We've got a fifth Indiana Jones movie coming out in 2020 with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford returning and I won't lie.
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Poll: ‘Force Awakens’ vs. ‘Last Jedi’: Which ‘Star Wars’ Film Do You Prefer?

Poll: ‘Force Awakens’ vs. ‘Last Jedi’: Which ‘Star Wars’ Film Do You Prefer?
“Star Wars” is among the most popular franchises in the world and has cultivated a devoted fan base who are not afraid to let their opinions be heard.

The sequel trilogy introduced audiences to a new trio of heroes, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac), along with the violent and volatile Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) for an adventure in space. Still, the movies cater to fans of the originals, seeing appearances from many classic characters including former princess turned general Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and smuggler and scruffy-looking nerf herder Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

The world waited with baited breath for J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens,” the first installment, in 2015. Audience reactions averaged 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, while critics were close behind at 88%. The general consensus seemed to be that “The Force Awakens” was a worthy entry into the “Star Wars” canon, despite criticisms that the film was too safe and counted for little
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"Indiana Jones" In 2019

According to Lucasfilm, the next "Indiana Jones" movie, to be directed by Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by David Koepp, starring Harrison Ford, will be released July 19, 2019:

"'Indiana Jones' is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history," said a Disney spokesperson, "and we can't wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019.

"It's rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven..."

"I've always thought there was an opportunity to do another," said Ford.

"But I didn't want to do it without Steven. And I didn't want to do it without a really good script. And happily we're working on both. Steven is developing a script now that I think we're going to be very happy with."

LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy will produce the new "Indiana Jones".

Archaeologist,
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Director Hints At Imminent Trailer Reveal

Perhaps it’s almost time to punch it, after all?

Amid reports that Disney and Lucasfilm have earmarked Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s trailer for Friday, January 12th, writer-director Ron Howard has now taken to Twitter to confirm that it “won’t be long” before we clock eyes on Alden Ehrenreich as the galaxy’s greatest smuggler.

Flanked by Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover as the ice-cool Lando Calrissian, Ehrenreich has been tasked with delivering a younger version of Han Solo, arguably one of the greatest Star Wars characters of all time – no pressure, then. And let’s face it, part of Solo’s charm was that his backstory largely remained under wraps throughout Lucasfilm’s original trilogy, so we can’t help but fear that Howard and Co. are at risk of ruining – or at the very least tarnishing – that sense of mystery.

But let’s reserve any
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Ridley Scott Has Plans for Blade Runner 3

Warner Bros.' Blade Runner 2049 was one of the most celebrated movies of the year. Unfortunately, it was one of the year's biggest box office bombs as well. While there has been no indication that the studio will move forward with Blade Runner 3, original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott, who produced the first sequel for director Denis Villeneuve, claims he has an idea for another installment. Here's what the director had to say about the possibility of Blade Runner 3.

"I hope so. I think there is another story. I've got another one ready to evolve and be developed, so there is certainly one to be done for sure."

We reported last month that there is a four-hour cut of Blade Runner 2049, although there is no indication we'll see this cut. Blade Runner 2049 made just $91 million at the domestic box office. It fared better internationally, with $167 million for a worldwide total of $258.7 million,
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Oprah Winfrey Gets 3 Standing Ovations at 2018 Golden Globes

Oprah Winfrey Gets 3 Standing Ovations at 2018 Golden Globes
Literally three massive cheers for Oprah Winfrey! The TV legend and philanthropist was presented with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday, making history by becoming the first black woman to receive the honor, and received not one but three standing ovations before, during and after her speech. The annual award is presented to a person who has made "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" as is named after its first recipient, director Cecil B. DeMille. The list of past honorees also includes Sean Connery, Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Robin Williams, Steve Spielberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman,...
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Oprah Winfrey Assures 'Time Is Up' for Sexual Predators in Powerful Golden Globes Speech

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Oprah Winfrey Assures 'Time Is Up' for Sexual Predators in Powerful Golden Globes Speech
Oprah Winfrey has added another accolade to her long list of awards and recognitions.

The 63-year-old actress and media mogul received the 2018 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s ceremony, an honorary award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

“It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first Black woman to be given the same award,” Winfrey said in a moving acceptance speech, after recalling her own childhood watching Sidney Poitier become the first Black person to
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Oscars 2018: Tentpoles Face Smaller Fare in VFX ‘Bake-Off’ Top 10 Competition

Oscars 2018: Tentpoles Face Smaller Fare in VFX ‘Bake-Off’ Top 10 Competition
Once again, the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch will decide the five Oscar nominees at a Saturday “bakeoff,” a selection of footage from the shortlisted films, which are dominated by particularly great character work. Three spots likely await “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Blade Runner 2049,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

However, that leaves a battle for the final two nominations among “Dunkirk” (the lone invisible-vfx entry), “The Shape of Water,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Alien: Covenant,” and surprise entries “Okja” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” The smart money’s on Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” but don’t be surprised if Bong Joon-ho’s underdog, “Okja,” knocks one of them out.

The Frontrunners

War for the Planet of the Apes

Andy Serkis’ final, remarkable performance as Caesar should finally
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Late-night hosts on Trump and Bannon: 'The rats are eating their young'

Comics, including Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, discussed a new book reporting Steve Bannon’s attacks on Donald Trump Jr and Jared Kushner

Late-night hosts on Wednesday discussed the revelations in a new tell-all book by Michael Wolff about the Trump campaign and administration.

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Kimmel Calls Trump a 'Maniac' for Boasting About 'Bigger' Nuclear Button

Kimmel Calls Trump a 'Maniac' for Boasting About 'Bigger' Nuclear Button
Jimmy Kimmel was the only late-night host who taped late enough on Tuesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s most recent social media controversy.

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Earlier that evening, the president once again tweeted about Kim Jong Un, taunting the leader of North Korea about his nuclear weapon capabilities:

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it
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Ron Howard tweets Solo: A Star Wars Story set photo

As has been the way with the tumultuous production, we’d only just finished celebrating the news that John Williams would be scoring Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, when rumours began to surface that Disney are bracing themselves for the kind of cinematic crash-and-burn that’d we’d never have expected from the Millennium Falcon.

Stories have been flying out of this production like a chaotic asteroid field, so it’s nice to be able to report something straight from the source, as Ron Howard released another on-set picture from Solo: A Star Wars Story via his Twitter account.

Happy New Year from Team #Solo. We’re pretty pumped for 2018 pic.twitter.com/Gy3WkkGBiA

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) January 1, 2018

It doesn’t exactly reveal much, positioning Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo, if it is indeed the actor at the wheel, as some kind of galactic Baby Driver,
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